Food Businesses

Whether you are thinking of starting a new food business or taking over an existing one, it is important to get things right from the beginning. The following articles are aimed at those interested in starting or growing food or catering businesses, with advice on financing, registering, safety rules and regulations. Topics covered include finding the right premises, food trucks or mobile vans, trading standards and hygiene, food business ideas, and interviews with foodpreneurs.

Here are some popular articles in this section for those who want to operate a successful food business:


What businesses can learn from the catering industry

Here, we take a look at what small businesses can learn about eco-friendliness from the catering industry.

Employing & managing staff

Resource management strategies for food businesses

The number of food business start-ups in the UK - particularly in London - has been rising steadily over the past few years.

Business Ideas & Planning

How to jump on foodie trends without losing your brand identity

Here are a few key points to consider when choosing which trends to adopt, which to ignore and how best to implement your campaigns.

Business Ideas & Planning

Mobile catering: A guide to managing festival season

Peter Moore, CEO of Lolly, offers some tips for mobile catering start-ups and discusses getting your festival proposition right.


The best cities in the UK to start a street food business

Setting up a street food business can be tough but incredibly rewarding and profitable. Here are the best cities in Britain to start.

Buying and selling a company

Busy Bristol deli and café for sale

Here's an exciting opportunity to purchase a charming establishment in Bristol.


Running a small food business: Essential health and safety information

Here are some vital health and safety tips for those aspiring to start their own food business.

Business Ideas & Planning

The food entrepreneur: Building a national brand from scratch

In this piece, we speak to food entrepreneur Julie Waddell about getting her product on British Airways flights, production line scares and diversifying the range.


Is your business the next big thing in British food and drink?

A £20,000 marketing package and listing on Ocado is up for grabs in a new competition for promising small food and drink producers.

Buying and selling a company

Popular restaurant and gin bar in Edinburgh for sale

This is your chance to purchase one of Edinburgh’s original Scottish fine dining restaurants.


How to run a cheese and craft ale shop

How a passion for fine cheeses and craft ales – and a positive response to a Twitter business pitch – spawned a thriving shop in north London.

Business Ideas & Planning

The trials and tribulations of running a macaroon business

Rosie Ginday discusses her experience of setting up a macaroon business and the challenges she faced.

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4 small business functions that must be automated for greater profits

Can technology help you create more efficient business models? In this article, we explore how you can use technology to boost your business

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It’s time the UK’s small businesses got the seamless communications and collaboration tools they need

Why seamless collaboration is crucial for UK small businesses and what tools can help

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Flexible work is making cybersecurity tougher for UK SMBs. It’s time they got the tools, and the platform, to defend themselves

The cybersecurity landscape for small businesses and the tips and tools that can help

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How to enhance your customer and employee experiences using Uber Vouchers

This article explains how Uber Vouchers can enhance both your customer and employee experience